To determine if a student is eligible for Summer Public Interest Funding, both the student’s current academic status and their summer employment must meet certain criteria.
Current JD candidates who are in their first or second year, or an approved joint degree program, as well as SJD students who are “in residence” in the semesters surrounding the summer are eligible to apply for SPIF. Those who work in an eligible public interest position during the summer, and apply by the deadline will be eligible to receive funding.
For the Summer Public Interest Funding program, public interest work includes law related positions in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and their international equivalents. Small private firms that primarily work in the public interest might qualify for summer public interest funding, with prior approval.